Monday, October 01, 2007

sad




Things are a little emotional around here just now as my in laws just left and we're not sure when we'll see any of our family again. Always a sad time. We had great fun together though, so I suppose now we just have to get back into our routine.

Next week I want to move mountains in terms of getting my editing done. Serious goals of 50 pages a day. Eek. And I'm wondering about my heroine's hair color. I seem to have a lot of blondes with long straight hair. Should I make her a brunette? Would she catch my hero's attention as a brunette? Is she vulnerable enough as a blonde? Interesting in how we see the people we create. (I see her as a blonde BTW, but worried all my heroines are going to look like this :)



14 comments:

  1. Go with your heart, Toni.

    And all the best in moving those mountains!

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  2. You may be going for blondes all the time because you're not and you'd secretly like to be. I used to notice a lot of my heroines had flaming red hair, and I used to dye mine auburn (although as a strawberry blonde it was quite red anyway). So I made a conscious effort to change their hair colour. My favourite heroine has long, dark, curly hair and she's definitely a brunette. I don't think I've ever had any blondes ... perhaps that's a subconscious stereotype that needs addressing.

    But, as Loreth says, you should go with your heart. If you try to go against it and it doesn't like it, it'll show. Good luck.

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  3. I think a writer can make anyone look vulnerable. In fact, it might be interesing to create a character that on the outside looks strong, but inside is insecure and helpless. A lot of readers can relate to that.

    I wanted to thank you for the resource you pointed out on my blog. I'll check it out when I get a chance to breathe today. I really do need some expert advice from a policeman or two. The last thing I want to do is create a situation that can't really happen. I at least want to understand what the consequences would be.

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  4. I was checking my heroines and I do have a few brunettes, long and short hair, and a redhead.

    I guess it is just the books I'm focusing on right now in that same part of Scotland that are both beautiful blonde women. They aren't perfect, and the way they view themselves is different to how the world views them.

    It is an interesting thing to think about--I think we do have prejudices that need addressing.

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  5. Scott--I hope they can help. KOD also have some excellent resources and there are cop blogs
    http://brooklynnorth.blogspot.com
    this guy's mom is a writer :)
    and Laurie Wood (in my sidebar) was a cop in Canada.

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  6. How about a compromise of golden brown?

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  7. 34 pages today. Not bad considering.

    I have to crit tonight :)

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  8. It's sad when you live far away from family. (((Hugs))) Editing should take your mind off thins. Enjoy!

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  9. Whoops! Typo. Should have written "things" not "thins". Bye!

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  10. So sorry that your family has headed home. :(

    Maybe she can be both? Have her dye her hair halfway through!

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  11. Try it and if it doesn't fit and makes it difficult for you, then change it!

    Sorry about the sadness. We used to have that when hubs was in the Military and we lived across the country and his Dad was so sick. Sending prayers and good thoughts to you.

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  12. I know what you mean about family - I always get all teary-eyed and cranky (I hate to cry) when I leave mine. Thank God for phones and email - helps a lot.

    I saw go with what feels right with your characters. Sure you may tend to write about heroines with long, blonde hair, but some may be platinum blonde, others with curly blonde hair, still others with streaky highlights or hair down to her shoulders while others may be even longer. There are many shades of blonde *g*

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  13. Glad you had fun with the family. :-)

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  14. I say if it's easier to write blondes, go for it! My heroines have always been brunette - one had red highlights, but I think it's because I can envision them better for some reason. And I'm really a mousy brown, who's highlighted her hair with blonde and red. (sounds awful but is actually quite nice)

    And I tend to have pics of my people the way you do, and if a pic catches that "je ne sais quois" that's usually the physical stuff you'll go with.

    Sorry about your family's leaving. I cried a couple of weeks ago, leaving my mum back at the airport to come home here. Hadn't seen her in nearly 2 years. It does leave you with a sad feeling - but it'll get better in a few days.

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